The Fair Work Ombudsman is an independent statutory office that offers free services to all workers and employers in Australia.
The Ombudsman's main role is to:
- promote harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations, by building strong and effective relationships with industry, unions and other stakeholders
- ensure compliance with Australian workplace laws, and
- monitor certain 457 subclass visa arrangements.
- providing reliable and up-to-date information about Australia's workplace relations system
- educating people about fair work practices, rights and obligations, pay rates and workplace conditions
- assessing complaints or suspected breaches of workplace laws, awards and registered agreements
- enforcing workplace laws and seeking penalties for breaches, if necessary.
The Fair Work Ombudsman works closely with the Fair Work Commission to ensure services are integrated, up-to-date, relevant and accessible.